MONDAY DECEMBER 1ST - SPAZIO ALFIERI
THE MAKING OF A NEW EMPIRE
A film by Jos de Putter (The Netherlands, 1999, 97’)
Spazio Alfieri - 3.00 pm - with the director in-person.
Khozh-Ahmed Noukhaev has conceived a grandiose plan: to make Grozny a heavenly place, a new city for a brand new Chechen society. This is a dream that travels through the consciousnesses of the Chechen community and through the oil pipe lines, reaching the centers of world finance, overseeing the lowlife of Moscow, and ending by taking up Kalashnikovs. Jos De Putter leads us into the maze of a dark and thrilling story that is necessary to understand what is happening between Russia and the Caucasian regions.
IN MEMORIAM ALEKSANDER LITVINENKO
A film by Jos de Putter (The Netherlands, 2007, 55’)
Spazio Alfieri - 5.00 pm - with the director in-person.
Alexander Litvinenko is a KGB colonel, an intelligence agent, a dissident and a victim. Alexander Litvinenko is a man killed in London on November 23, 2006, with a few drops of polonium. This film is an exceptional document, made just before the disappearance of the protagonist who was a problematic, unwanted witness to so many unresolved mysteries. This is a tribute to the man and the dissident. It is an exposé of his courage and determination.
LES RÈGLES DU JEU
A film by Claudine Bories and Patrice Chagnard (France, 2014, 106’)
Spazio Alfieri - 6.15 pm
Lolita doesn't like to smile. Kevin doesn't know how to sell. Hamid doesn't like his boss. They are 20 years old without a diploma and looking for a job. For six months the coaches of a Job Center try to teach them the "Rules of the Game": the attitude to have and the language to use in order to get a job today. Observing this training, the film reveals the absurdity of the rules, which, however, you cannot escape.
I WANT TO SEE THE MANAGER
A film by Hannes Lang (Italy/Germany, 2014, 93’)
Spazio Alfieri - 8.30 pm
The sophisticated film by Hannes Lang, setting an accurate investigation on the economic and human conditions of our planet, is made up of seven episodes. India, Bolivia, China, United States of America, Italy, Thailand, Venezuela, every location contains fragments of the other, every frame in this documentary support the others in building a clear and complete debate on the transformation of the global system.
A film by Andrew Renzi (USA, 2014, 65’)
Spazio Alfieri - 10.30 pm
Two men on horseback ride all alone toward the wide horizon of boundless prairies of Montana. Over these images is a melancholy melody and the voice of the narrator, Harry Dean Stanton. This is not a western, but it might well be. Andrew Renzi has composed a simple elegy that not only describes the rustic life of cowboys – an endangered anthropological species – but also pays tribute in terms of rhetoric to an entire film genre, The Western. This genre has contributed to shape the cowboy character in the collective imagination of modern occidental civilization.